Chapter 12: Parlor

Chapter 12: Parlor


“What do you call one’s self? Where does it begin? Where does it end? It overflows into everything that belongs to us – and then flows back again…One’s self – for other people – is one’s expression of one’s self; and one’s house, one’s clothes, the books one reads, the company one keeps – these things are all expressive.” Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

A blue wall makes a great foil for gilt-framed works on paper. The color is Benjamin Moore’s “Blue Danube”. The French 19th century campaign bed is a perfect place to read, or just listen to the wind in the trees. The long-legged faux bamboo side table is one of three that nest. The silver pandan box is waiting to hold a treasure or two. The sculpture averting his eyes is a Vili-Kongo Power figure.

We love this technicolor combination of the turquoise blue lacquered fiberglass table and the persimmon needlepoint upholstery of these Art Deco chairs (so new they haven’t yet been listed). A few of the art works on the gallery wall can be found here.

We find there’s always room on the wall for an 18th century rococo mirror. The mirrored cabinet offers some clean diagonals which converse with the chair backs.

The altar pricket lamp is one of a pair. It gives the campaign bed some silver company.

We made this table lamp from an 18th century wooden sculptural element. The Baroque tapestry is Italian and, like the pricket lamp, served a ceremonial purpose.

The campaign bed from another angle. The pre-Raphaelite plate depicts one of Simeon Solomon’s favorite models, and the circular portrait beneath it is possibly of a young Giuseppe Verdi, by Giuseppe Rillosi.

We use this African stool in so many installations. It is carved of a single piece of hardwood, and is asymmetrical without being tipsy. The Edward Wormley swivel chair is streamlined but wonderfully comfortable.

We covered the campaign bed with a Persian belouch.